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knightleyThis weekend I officially added Samantha Moore to my list of favorite book people. You don’t know Sam? She’s the heroine of Katherine Reay’s debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley.

The tagline for Sam’s story reads: “Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.”

Sam’s favorite literary folks all come from Jane Austen stories. However, the best way I can share with you how much I loved this novel is to say that she reminded me of my favorite spunky, heart-breaking, turn-adversity-into-triumph leading ladies, like  . . . Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables), Katherine Mary O’Fallon (Mrs. Mike), Antonia Shimerdas (My Antonia), Lucy Waring (Moonraker’s Bride), Novalee Nation (Where the Heart Is), and Anna Moray (The Firebird). I even saw a touch of Beatrice Prior (Divergent) in her.

The story is told from Sam’s perspective through letters to her anonymous benefactor, who goes by the name George Knightley. Sam is an orphan who spent time on the streets and was in & out of the foster care system until she landed at Father John’s Grace House. Now she’s at the point in her life where she is ready to spread her wings and fly—if she can just tear down the wall of books that guards her heart. Her adventures and observations made me laugh and cry. And the ending of the story was totally satisfying!

My Favorite Quote: “Yes, I wrote ‘pray.’ It’s not a word I’ve used before and not one I write lightly. But I can’t listen to Father John, the Muirs and the Ridleys, and once-upon-a-time Alex, and not believe that there is something to it. How can I not believe that there is a God who exists and loves, when the people before me are infused with that love and pour it out daily? I still can’t grasp that it’s for me, but what if it is? The professor says it’s okay to pray even if I’m not sure.”

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Christmas Gift Alert! This is a great gift book for teens on up. Hopefully, you can tell by the books I’ve listed which readers on your gift list would love it.

Ready to grab a copy? Follow this link to purchase Dear Mr. Knightley. ***Thanks to the Litfuse Chicks, Thomas Nelson, & Katherine Reay for providing a copy for me to review.

katherine reayAbout the Author: Katherine Reay is a writer, a wife, a mom, a runner, a tennis player, a tae kwon do black belt (how random is that?), a wanna be chef, a disorganized housekeeper, but compulsive vacuumist, and a horrific navigator.

You can connect with Katherine at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter Continue Reading…

During the past few years, I discovered a latent passion in my life. As I played around with setting up my computer, fixing my sister’s computer, designing my blog, etc., I learned that I love technology! My newest aspiration: to become a full-fledged techno geek!

What brought this to my mind today? The contests I recently saw featured on various author blogs where the grand prize was a Kindle.

Now, I love to hold a book in my hands. I love the old mass market paperbacks with their retro covers. I love a book with the original library binding. Some of my most cherished stories came from used book stores. They’re well-worn copies with another owner’s name on the first page.

But I started noticing that you can sometimes download ebooks for free.

I learned you can also download an Amazon Kindle and a Barnes and Noble Nook to your PC. For free.

Result: even though I’d been telling everyone in my family I’m not interested in a Kindle for Christmas, I had to check this out.

So far I’ve discovered four Christian fiction free book downloads from Amazon and four from Barnes and Noble. And that was just in a few minutes of searching. I’m particularly excited about the finds pictured at the end of this post. (One of them thanks to Juju at Tales of Whimsy.)

I’ll be posting about books more often during the month of November. I signed up to review three books for publishers and pr companies who rely on bloggers to feature Christian authors. This helps bring to the attention of many some great reads that might otherwise be overlooked. And I’ll be sharing ideas as a sort of Christmas gift guide. Because when I think of giving something special to the folks I love, I always come back to the treasure to be found in books.

Also, don’t forget about the Christian Fiction Book Club. You can find a link describing this month’s selection here.


Some of my free ebook downloads from Christian authors:

Alice J. Wisler

Vanessa Miller

Margaret Daley

Marta Perry